Michael’s Rules: No. 15

I’ve been really lucky to have the love and support of a lot of wonderful people throughout my life. Along the way, they’ve given me some pretty great advice which I now consider my own personal rules for living—words of wisdom that have helped me navigate my career and my life and that I would like to pass along to you, too.

In the first few years after I retired from the Giants, Constance and I were bootstrapping. Even though I was working at FOX, I wanted to be more involved in business and television. I needed to find my new point. One idea Con and I mapped out for my next step—at the local IHOP, where we had some of our best meetings—was a talk show in which I would cohost with one or two other people. We put feelers out and waited for the phone to ring. Not only did the phone not ring, the response was so lackluster one Hollywood personality went so far as to tell us she’d be doing us a favor to even take the meeting. 

I like to say that good can and will follow bad. So after being dissed by the A list, the B list, and the C list in Hollywood, I got a call to fill in as a guest cohost on LIVE with the incredibly skilled Kelly Ripa. And I learned something from the experience. I realized, with hindsight, that in figuring out what my post-football life was going to look like, I was renovating my career from the ground up. And as someone who’s renovated almost every home I’ve lived in over the past 15 years, I know a thing or two about renovation. It’s a life lesson about dreams and executing those dreams. 

As you can guess, I gathered some pretty good tips and advice along the way. You can read more about my tips for renovating your life in my book, Wake Up Happy.